2800 OECS Youth set to benefit from French Educational and Work Space exchange

2800 OECS Youth set to benefit from French Educational and Work Space exchange

OECS Media Statement

Approximately two thousand eight hundred (2800) primary and secondary school students, and their teachers, are expected to benefit from the EU co-funded Linguistic Exchanges and Innovative Learning through Mobility (ELAN) Project – a two year activity valued at 3 million Euros under the Interreg Caraïbes Programme, which seeks to encourage plurilingualism within the Caribbean basin.

Under the project, the member countries of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) have been awarded Euro 300,000.00 from the European Development Fund (EDF) to implement tailored activities to enhance student mobility and school exchanges through improved linkages among education institutions in the region. 

Specifically, the ELAN project which is co-funded by the European Union will seek to:

  1. Increase support for school mobility in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions, as well as improve proficiency levels in the languages used in the nearby geographical area, with a real priority given to school partnerships; and
  2. Support the development of collaborative platforms to encourage virtual exchanges among educational communities.

The programme will provide a real opportunity for young people from the OECS to benefit from easier access to higher education and vocational training in a variety of fields.

Sisera Simon, Head of the OECS Educational Development Management Unit, noted

“The ELAN project provides OECS education systems with the opportunity to harness the region’s abundance of culture and language diversity, which will ultimately result in a better quality of life for the people of the region as intended under the Revised Treaty of Basseterre.”

The ELAN project is also expected to serve as a springboard for Martinique's active participation as an OECS member territory through linguistic exchanges, innovation and mobility which will:

  • build capacity;
  • prepare young persons for active participation in and beyond the OECS region; and
  • instill in citizens an appreciation for their own language.

As such, the integration of the DELF Junior Certification from secondary school should facilitate reaching B2 level, which is an upper intermediate level (what is usually referred to as “fluent”), at the end of high school (Community College) and a smoother enrolment in the French higher education system of the neighbouring French islands - Martinique and Guadeloupe.

Key project partners include: Collectivité Territorial de Martinique, Academie Martinique and GIP-FCIP, University of the West Indies, Alliance Francaise, Université Quisqueya, Université d'Etat d'Haïti, Campus France, Université des Antilles, and ESPE.

An official signing ceremony for the ELAN Project was held on April 11, 2019 at Hotel Bateliere, in Martinique.

   
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Sisera Simon Head, OECS Education Development Management Unit, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
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Sisera Simon Head, OECS Education Development Management Unit, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an International Organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The OECS came into being on June 18th 1981, when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate with each other while promoting unity and solidarity among its Members. The Treaty became known as the Treaty of Basseterre, so named in honour of the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis where it was signed. The OECS today, currently has eleven members, spread across the Eastern Caribbean comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Martinique and Guadeloupe. 

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